On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Vector and Black Tear belong to the Dodecagon series of paintings that Ronald Davis made between January 1968 and October 1969 in which he experimented with new materials, perspective, and spatial ambiguity. Each dodecagon (a shape with 12 angles and 12 sides) was produced using a Formica mold into which Davis brushed and poured colored polyester resins, adding layers of fiberglass reinforcement before lifting the finished work out of the mold and polishing it. Although the surface of these works is perfectly flat, the image appears at once to recede and project into the viewer’s space. This illusion of three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface recalls the perspectival qualities of traditional painting.